AUWRFC beat Catholic University 12-5 in the team’s first Matrix Match of the season last Saturday.
Though undoubtedly full of anxiety, both teams quietly focused before the game, their captains’ voices ringing out in the humid afternoon air. At 2pm, the whistle blew, starting the contest towards playoffs.
In the first 10 minutes, AU dominated, culminating with a try by Kelsey Cadden in the eleventh minute. The conversion missed, but American came back out hard and retained their momentum.
The fans saw some great play from returning players and rookies alike, but Cadden was the leader of the day, scoring another try, bringing AU up to 10. Captain Maggie Mueller kicked a successful conversion, and though Catholic did manage to run in a try, they could not match American’s intensity and skill, losing the match 12-5.
The match against Catholic was the first of two matrix matches AU needs to win to guarantee a spot in the playoffs. Their second matrix opponent is Towson – a team that American beat three times last fall. Within the sport there is a high turnover from season to season, so the two teams that match up this weekend could be considerably different from last year’s.
It is also unusual for American to have to play its matrix matches back-to-back one weekend after the next. The tone was serious but excited this week at practice as the players contemplated the challenges ahead.
Tomorrow’s game will certainly have an impact, but AU has the home-field advantage. If you want to come out and support the team, the game will be at
3509 7th Avenue, Bladensburg, MD (Colmar Manor Community Park).
Directions here: http://dcrugby.com/directions/colmarmanorpark.html